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The Bureau of Public Security says the decision by the Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery to offer Members of Parliament with armed police guards will jeopardize the security of the masses.
The bureau states the decision will certainly move the focus of the nation’s protection services from the masses to a couple of fortunate Ghanaians.
Mr. Ambrose Dery announced that 200 security personnel will be deployed to protect members of Parliament till the end of the year.
This follows the murder of the MP for Mfantseman, Ekow Hayford in a robbery attack when he was returning from a campaign tour in the Central Region.
However the Executive Director of the Bureau of Public Safety, Nana Yaw Akwada, states Ghanaians have actually been short-changed by the decision of the minster.
“The commitment he [Ambrose Dery] has made actually reduces national security which aims at providing security for the general population and offering such security to politicians and men of power. By so doing he has left the security of the ordinary Ghanaian to his vulnerable state. This is appalling, offensive, indecent. This single decision sends a wrong signal to the many lives which have been lost a similar fashion”, he statement.
Already, 200 police officers to work as guards to Members of Parliament (MPs) till completion of the year. The police officers will certainly operate under the Parliamentary Defense System.
He made this known when he appeared in Parliament on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 following the Speaker’s summon after the killing of the Mfantseman MP.
He told the Parliamentary Press Corps after an in-camera session with MPs that under the new arrangement every MP will be entitled to a law enforcement officer as a bodyguard and disclosed that strategies are underway to give 800 extra law enforcement agents to guard the houses of the MPs.
“Due to the retooling of the security agencies by President Akufo-Addo, the country has more security agencies and security personnel available. So we have proposed that, between now and the end of the year, we are going to provide an additional 200 police personnel to be part of the parliamentary protection unit. We are making this arrangement to ensure that the unit attains the status of divisional police command to take care of the Members of Parliament as bodyguards. Ideally to get to where we want to get to means that, subsequently, we should have 800 police added so that each MP will also have security at home in the day and night.”
Source: Ghana Waves